Congressman Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for October 18, 2017
Record-setting pilot Barrington Irving and representatives of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America Inc. joined Congressman Johnson at MLK Jr. High School this week to present students with career opportunities in STEM fields.
It’s been a busy time in Washington and here in the District since I last wrote, so I’d like to share with you my thoughts and some of the issues I’ve been working on.
FIGHTING FOR AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA):Last week, President Trump decided to singlehandedly hike millions of Americans’ health premiums – less than three weeks before open enrollment starts on Nov. 1. – by refusing to make cost-sharing reduction payments that are essential to lowering health insurance costs for low-and-middle income individuals on the exchanges. He also authorized health insurers to sell useless policies across state lines. These are spiteful acts of sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America. I will fight every step of the way to keep the things that are working under the ACA and fix the things that are not. For more, click HERE.
REVEALING AUDIT: I’m proud of the work my office has done over the years to help save constituents’ homes from foreclosure. I was disappointed but not surprised when a new audit – that Rep. John Lewis and I requested -- showed that the Department of Community Affairs badly mismanaged federal funds intended to help Georgians prevent foreclosure. I hope we can work together to get the remaining funds where they are needed most. For more, click HERE.
NURSING HOME RESIDENTS’ RIGHTS: In the wake of disturbing reports of the neglect of nursing home residents brought to light during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, I'm calling on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to maintain current protections for elder Americans against abuse in nursing homes. For more, click HERE.
RECORD-SETTING PILOT AT MLK HIGH: I'm pleased to report that Capt. Barrington Irving, the youngest person and the first African-American pilot to fly solo around the world, partnered with us for my Full STEAM Ahead Initiative. For more, click HERE.
IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: For my thoughts on the president withholding certification of the Iran nuclear deal, a 2015 agreement between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, Germany and the European Union that halted Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, click HERE.
EARLY VOTING: In-person, early voting for the Nov.. 7 municipal and special elections began Monday, Oct. 16 and runs through Friday, Nov. 3. In DeKalb, there is a Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) on the ballot and a host of municipal elections. To learn more about the SPLOST and what projects it would fund, clickHERE. Rockdale voters, click HERE. Newton voters, click HERE. Gwinnett voters, click HERE.